What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

way too much psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid

on April 14, 2014

Ah, trichobezoars. That’s Greek for “stomach hairball.” Three of our four cats are domestic long-hairs, so we know them well. (A particularly existential incidence is finding one with a bare foot on the bedroom floor in the night.)

Two or three years ago, Fox’s hairball output—always impressive—was particularly high. His vet suggested we try sprinkling his food with psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid, a common laxative. Today I would probably purchase a modest amount for the trial. But that was before our epiphany about the clutter crisis in our lives that birthed What I shed today. I brought home the large, economy-sized container: enough for a year or more of cat-dosing.

But the powder didn’t adhere to kitty kibble. It ended up in the bottom of the bowl, and we could hardly reason Fox into licking it up. I tried moistening the food to make it stick better, but he didn’t like that. Cat food is supposed to crunch, you know. So after a few weeks we gave it up in favor of re-committing to daily grooming.

Steve Martin used to joke: “I gave my cat a bath last night. He loved it … but hisss fur stuck to mah tonguhhh.…”

No cats were harmed in the making of this blog post.

No cats were harmed in the making of this blog post.

A few days ago, Nimue found the “Fiber Therapy” container pushed to the back of a pantry shelf. Since the product is organic (it’s made from the seeds of Plantago psyllium), I’ll sift it over one of our compost piles.

shedding style: compost, recycling
destination: compost pile & recycling stream

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